Icarus Aloft

December 10, 2016

Upon watching this video, I wrote to someone I love: "This is a smart video, a caring video, not a vindictive one. This is about taking a very bad thing and finding a way to find good - seek good. "In some modest way, it's also a... Read more


February 7, 2016

It's important to pay attention: the light, what's in the frame, the cropping. How it all wants to go, that's all that really matters. Adhering to what must be. ***** When the world no longer makes sense, how do you make sense of it?  (Elisif died. What... Read more

The Salem Witch Trial

July 17, 2015

In the most recent season of HBO's comedy Veep, there is a scene in which a Vice-Presidential candidate, reflecting on the nature of mental illness, expresses sympathy for the family of a mass killer during a press conference. His handlers backstage are apoplectic: in opening this vein of compassion... Read more


May 5, 2015

As Baltimore explodes, crying alone in my car, I recall Thanksgiving 2012. ***** unsignificantly/ off the coast/ there was a splash quite unnoticed/ this was/ Icarus drowning So ends William Carlos Williams’ poem, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, inspired by Pieter Brueghel’s painting of the same name. (When... Read more

Touching God Days

April 3, 2015

I dreamed I was back in time, nestling my chin into her Elisif hair, all the while knowing she was gone.  ***** "The object of love is not the subject of love." (This opaque phrase came like a mantra, pulling me back from the brink.) My ache had... Read more

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